Strolling the aisles of ICAST, officially known as the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, in search of top new tackle makes us feel like kids in the proverbial candy store. What could be better than methodically making your way down rows of booths filled with the latest gear to help us have more fun and catch more fish?
In fact, the hardest part is taking it all in, without being overwhelmed. It’s not unlike walking into a sprawling tackle shop or well-stocked fishing section in a large outdoor retailer. Where do you start?
To help fellow fishing fans begin processing it all, we offer this rundown of 10 top new fishing gear items. Pulled from a variety of categories—selected to compliment those covered in other new-product highlights on lures, reels, and bass baits—it provides a sampling, in alphabetical order, of what ICAST had to offer.
- No matter your favorite fish, chances are Fenwick’s HMG rod lineup has you covered. We admit, Fenwick introduced its first HMG—or High Modulus Graphite—model way back in 1973. But today, the company is releasing a totally redesigned HMG series that begs inclusion in any rundown of notable new products. The reborn HMG cradles proven high-modulus blank material beneath a strength-enhancing carbon wrapping to create the new Carbon Bound blank. Other upgrades include a comfortable Fuji 5K reel seat, titanium guides, slimmed-down (and 10 percent lighter) handle, and easy-to-hold, soft TAC grip with EVA foam accents. Available in six baitcasting and 17 spinning models, in ultra-light to medium-heavy powers and lengths from 6 to 7½ feet. fenwickfishing.com